Figen Ayan, Chief Port Officer of Galataport Istanbul, has been elected President of MedCruise.
She was appointed at the 59th MedCruise General Assembly recently held in Barcelona.
“I love the cruise industry, for its resilience, its creativity, its openness and many more reasons capsuled in my over 27-years career. Hence it is a true honour and privilege to represent 140 boutique and marquee cruise ports from 21 countries in the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas as the President of MedCruise Association for the 2021-2024 mandate,” she said.
Born in Paris, Ayan (pictured) has been in her role at Istanbul since 2014. She has also been employed as a Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism professional tourist guide, licensed in the French and English languages, since 1997.
She started her professional life in the cruise industry in 1994 at ITS (International Travel Services) and continued her tourism career in 1999 with Tura Tourism as its Aegean Region Manager. Subsequently, she acted as the Marketing and Communications Manager of Global Investment Holdings until 2005.
For a period of six months, Ayan worked at Arkas-MSC as Port Management Manager for Turkey. She returned to Global Investment Holdings’ subsidiary company Global Ports Holding (GPH) in 2006 as the Marketing Director of Kusadasi, Bodrum and Antalya cruise ports.
She actively contributed to GPH’s Business Development department to acquire the cruise ports of Barcelona and Lisbon.
Ayan succeeded Aris Batsoulis, Head of Technical Services & Development Director – PFSO of Corfu Port Authority, who will continue serve MedCruise as Honorary President.
At the meeting, Cruise Saudi, an organisation established to develop Saudi Arabia’s cruise industry, confirmed that it had joined MedCruise.
Cruise Saudi’s Chief Development and Asset Management Officer, Miguel Reyna, attended the meeting.
Fawaz Farooqui, Cruise Saudi’s Managing Director, commented: “Cruise Saudi is proud to join the ranks of the most distinguished cruise industry stakeholders operating in the Mediterranean and adjoining seas that MedCruise counts among its members.
“As we continue to expand our itineraries, we look forward to building new partnerships that will enable us to expand our footprint and explore new opportunities for ports to call at around the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf in Saudi,” he said.